Rotary Club of Ashmore
Club Bulletin 

Volume 1 | Issue 13

30 November 2023
Another busy month and now only two more meetings to go for 2023 - the 6th December our two Youth Exchange students and some of our All Rounders will visit us, and then our Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday 13th December at the Southport Golf Club.
Robyn, Marcia and Jan enjoying the Probus Christmas party
Merry Christmas to all the members of the Ashmore/Benowa Probus club.
Other guests enjoying the party.
Report on Probus Christmas Party.
The Probus Club of Ashmore Benowa held their annual Christmas lunch at Southport Golf Club on Thursday 23rd November.
As President of Ashmore Rotary I was invited  to attend with Lesley.
President Carol Reinhardt asked me to say a few words. I thanked them for the invitation and for all the help that Probus members gave us throughout the year.
Probus members bought many raffle tickets in our Christmas and Easter raffles and collected Christmas gifts for the Salvation Army and St John’s Drop in Centre.
They also attend our Changeover nights and Christmas Party.
I also congratulated them on being a thriving Probus club with over 60 members with most being at the Christmas lunch.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and good company.
Brian McAllan
Rotary Club of Ashmore
Rotary - promote the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence
This is a promotion of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence that runs from 25th November to the 10th of December.
These posts are a great opportunity to promote this tragic social issue while also promoting your Rotary Club. These posts are also powerful as it reinforces the formal partnership between the 5 Rotary Districts in NSW.
Our DG also encouraged our QLD clubs to share these posts. QLD Police service is a good chance of partChange nering with Rotary next year. 
Rotarian Col Lee
Rotarian Brad Francis
President Brian and Louise from the Palliative Care unit.
Notes from Rotary meeting Wednesday night the 29th of November 2023
President Brian opened the meeting.
Rotary member Brad introduced Col Lee ADG Group 2 a member of the Ballina-On-Richmond Club. Col spoke on the flood relief work for Northern NSW in operation since February 2022. Col spoke on the feeding of the armies involved in the flood recovery. To this stage the flood fundraising (including a major donation from Lennox Heads) was at $640000. Col spoke about one major donation of $200000 from Harris coffee of Sydney. Col explained that a major problem is the lack of engagement from people affected by the flood to look to the future. The group had explained they have had some community nights e.g., Broadwater, Woodburn and Wardell. At present he explained that the temporary housing project will stretch out to 3-5 years.
The project aim was to rebuild and recover and they have found that farmers have been really hit the hardest. If the group was to help the receiver had to be a landowner who was unable to get accommodation.
Help was provided in the form of a flat pack unit with good insulation, LED lights with 8 power points. It came with a working toilet, had running water connected with electricity. The POD’s were supplied from a Sunshine Coast company for the amount of $12000. The fit-out included a microwave oven, a sink and a fridge.
Up to the moment the group has completed 30 properties in locations in the Northern Rivers Area of NSW. The Government assistance has included some room renovation in adversely affected properties. A Mental Health project is the next operation for the club.
We next had an address from Louise from the Palliative Care unit. Louise spoke on some of the wish projects the group had completed. Their aim is to ensure that people and their families go through dignified end of life experiences.    Our Club has contributed to this worthy cause.
Rotary Business
President Brian spoke about the roster for our Christmas raffle at Ashmore City Shopping Centre.
Member Marcia spoke on the approaching Christmas Party and the associated raffle.
President Brian closed the meeting at 8.10 pm.
The next meeting will be Wednesday the 6th of December.
Collecting bottles and cans.
For the last few years our Club has raised about $3,000 per year from the collection of bottles and cans.  We are very fortunate that Cafe Brasil on Chevron Island collect their empties for us and members collect them from the Cafe and drop them at our home in Ashmore.  The Cans for Collection people come and get them, and the funds are then deposited into the Rotary account.
We are on track again this year to raise a further $3,000.  Please collect your cans and bottles and drop them at 8 Mara Court so that our club can continue this worthy fundraiser.

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